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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2011
6 SePtember 2011 AUGUST 2011 meeTinG Report of federal executive report The Federal Executive of the Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) met at the St Leonards premises on 4 and 5 August 2011. During the Federal Executive Meeting, the following major items of interest were discussed: • The Federal Treasurer, Dr Carmelo Bonanno delivered various financial reports concerning the ADA’s investments, income and expenditure. These reports were noted to be consistent with budget expectations. • A short report updating developments in relation to the possible installation of a passenger lift within the premises was provided by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He also reported that the existing tenant had expressed the intention to continue occupation of the ground floor of the building to the end of 2012. • A review of the ADA publications was undertaken. Federal Executive decided that an updated brochure promoting dentistry as a career be prepared and the document has been referred to the Dental Workforce and Education Committee for review. • Federal Executive received a presentation from the ADA’s Mr Steve Thomlinson and Ms Livermore from SharePoint who presented a SharePoint implementation program for electronic distribution of meeting papers within the ADA. The presentation was received favourably and Federal Executive has directed Mr Thomlinson to progress to the next phase of implementation of the SharePoint program. • Federal Executive also met with Mses Elizabeth Jamieson and Susan Forrester from Board Matters Pty Ltd who will be assisting the ADA in the facilitation of the Federal Council Governance weekend. Mses Jamieson and Forrester presented to Federal Executive a possible outline for the program for the weekend and discussed their wishes as to communication with Federal Councillors in the lead-up to the weekend. • A final review of the 2011 ADA Member Survey was undertaken by Federal Executive. Members should have now received access to the survey. They were asked to ensure that they responded to the survey so that the ADA can obtain valuable input to help develop the future direction of the ADA in the way it interacts with members, government and the community. • An interim report was received in relation to the activities associated with the ADA’s Dental Health Week 2011. • Federal Executive met with Messrs Griffin, Boshier and Race from the Oral Health Professionals Association. Discussions centred on the issue of unregulated offshore manufacturers supplies of dental appliances that had recently been receiving publicity. • Executive noted that the National Oral Health Plan Monitoring Group would be meeting in September 2011 and provided input as to the ADA’s participation in the National Oral Health Plan. Dr Peter Alldritt, Chairman of the Oral Health Committee will be representing the ADA at the Monitoring Group meeting. • A review of the activities of the Department of Human Services and Medicare Australia in relation to its audits of members participating in the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) was undertaken. Members will note the reproduction of a letter from the Minister for Human Services, Ms Tanya Plibersek MP published on pages 12 and 13 of this News Bulletin. • Federal Executive agreed to assist the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) in conducting its National Child Oral Health Survey 2011–2012. • Federal Executive received an interim report from the Dental Workforce and Education Committee following its recent meeting. Executive explored the possibility of engaging an external researcher to conduct some evaluation of dental workforce statistics. • Executive received a report regarding a meeting conducted with representatives from Health Workforce Australia (HWA) concerning their Scope of Practice project in which HWA has been engaged by the Dental Board of Australia to consider the current scope of practice standard of dental therapists and hygienists. (Members will recall Health Workforce Australia engaging in a narrative-based survey in which members participated.) • A report was received from the Local Organising Committee in conjunction with the 2013 Australian Dental Congress to be held in Melbourne. • The Australian Dental Journal Editorial Advisory Board provided a report advising that the ADJ’s international ranking had improved further to 31st out of 74 in its category. Federal Executive conveyed its congratulations to the Editorial Advisory Board on this significant achievement. • The CEO reported upon the completion of a Digital Media Library contract with ADA NSW Professional Support Limited. Details of the launch of this Digital Media Library service will be published in future editions of the News Bulletin. • Interim reports were received from the Schedule and Third Party Committee, the Dental Instruments Materials and Equipment Committee, Infection Control Committee, Dental Therapeutics Committee, Policy Committee, SPC on Dental Sustainability, SPC on Dental Volunteers, SPC on Sedation and SPC on Dental Practice Accreditation Implementation. • The ADA Industrial Relations and Human Resources Advisory Service was reviewed. It was noted there had been a significant increase in the utilisation of this service by members. Revised contracts of employment for dentists will shortly be posted to the ADA website. • Preparations for ADA’s attendance at the FDI World Dental Federation Meeting in Mexico City were discussed. It was recommended to Federal Council that Dr Neil D Hewson be nominated for election as FDI’s Speaker. (Federal Council later confirmed Dr Hewson’s nomination for this position.) • The ADA Strategic Plan was further evaluated by Federal Executive. It was considered the documentation needed to be supplemented with further specific direction in relation to the ADA Strategy and the CEO was asked to prepare an interim further developed plan for consideration. Federal Executive will next meet on 8 and 9 September 2011. Robert Boyd-Boland Chief Executive Officer
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